dinsdag 30 maart 2010

Guestbook

We have been thinking a lot about the guestbook possibilities lately. To let out gests write their names and addresses the traditional guestbook offers seems kind of futile. We have invited them all, so we already know their addresses. And why would we ever look at a book with just names ever again? We want something we can look back to after the wedding. But what?


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First I fell in love with the wishing tree. It looks wonderful, people get to add something besides their name. In my mothers backyard there is a huge Magnolia tree with beautiful branches, we could use a couple of branches from that tree to make a meaningful Wishingtree. But the Mister wasn’t sold on the idea. He shot down the wishing jar. He didn’t like the thumbprint family tree.


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He couldn’t see the appeal of a bench that our guests would sign. Do you also see a trend here? Just when I was about to give up on the idea of a cool guestbook that would be different, original, fun and one that we would both like, I found a new contender.


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Not only was the idea refreshing, but it would also have the potential to be a fun reminder of our wedding day. And… the Mister liked the idea!
Obviously an exact copy would be out of the question. We would be able to read this in English without much problems, but a lot of our (older) guests would have problems with filling in the English form. After a couple of translation attempts I found out that a direct translation to Dutch was easier said than done. Dutch sentences are built differently and to be able to give the guests options to fill in, I needed to include large open places and the word order in the sentences needed to be changed. A couple of days and DIY attempts later the Mister was still very much sold on this idea, but I started to second guess the idea.
This idea could work out perfectly, it gives our guests a chance to be funny and to make fun of us and I really do like that. But it could also fail miserably. I am somehow afraid that they will not get what is asked of them. What if this concept only confuses our guests?

If we don't want to confuse our guests, we could always ask them simple questions. The guestbookstore offers a concept that really appeals to me.

I love this concept! The pages can be translated, if I supply the translations, so there should be no problem for our guests.

We would like to have a silly picture taken of all guests (fauxtobooth anyone?), and what would be a more pefect place to add this picture then the guestbook. There is a page layout available with pictures.


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I really love this last idea. If our guests would all fill it out we would have a wonderful keepsake of our day. But this plan also isn't foolproof.
There are two sides and a lot of questions. We won't be having a diner for all of our guests, some guests will only be there for the cocktail hour, and some will only be there for the party after the cokctail hour.
Will there be enough time to answer all of these questions? How long would it take to answer all the questions?

Should we expect people to fill these pages in while they are in line getting in? Is there time when they are waiting for their turn to get their picture taken? Or should we make a sign that they can take a page and fill it our when they are inside? Will they sit down to answer our questions?

So many questions! I just don't know what to do! Do you have advice, what should we do?

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